Sedation Dentistry

Your oral health is of utmost importance to our team here at Mann Dental in Prince George, BC. and sedation dentistry is a great way to have your dental treatment done comfortably.

According to a recent survey, 30 percent of the population avoids the dentist due to fear. This all-too-common dental phobia prevents people from receiving necessary routine dental care, potentially compromising the health and functionality of their mouth and smile.

Sedation dentistry provides a relaxing and anxiety-free dental treatment experience. It enables those who are nervous or even too afraid to go to the dentist to receive the dental care they need while avoiding the common apprehension known as dental phobia.

We offer several different types of sedation dentistry. Our skilled dentists will explain sedation dentistry and how it can benefit you.

For more information about sedation dentistry, see the information below or call us today at 250-564-8988 to request a consultation or an appointment!

What is sedation?

Sedation is used to establish a relaxed, easy, and calm state using sedatives. Sedative drugs can be administered in a variety of ways. The most common forms of sedation in dentistry are nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas), oral sedation and IV sedation.

Sedation dentistry has occasionally been dubbed sleep dentistry, but this term is misleading. In fact, you are awake but in a state of drowsiness and relaxation. Sedation dentistry maintains a level of consciousness in the patient for safety and cooperation.

Regardless of the type of sedation dentistry you receive, a responsible caregiver must accompany you to your procedure, and drive you there if you take oral medication before your appointment. Your caregiver should also drive you home after the procedure is complete and stay with you until the sedative effects completely subside.

Who would benefit from sedation dentistry?

Sedation is most appropriate for people with a real fear or anxiety, preventing them from going to the dentist. Sedation dentistry may also be appropriate for people who:

  • have a low pain threshold
  • can’t sit still in the dentist’s chair
  • have very sensitive teeth
  • have a bad gag reflex
  • need a large amount of dental work completed

What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry simplifies complex procedures, making hours feel like minutes. It is invaluable in smile makeovers or extensive rebuilding procedures, allowing us to complete the process with fewer visits.

Suppose you’re reluctant to change the appearance of your smile because you are afraid or anxious about undergoing long or complicated dental procedures. In that case, sedation dentistry can make you feel comfortable during the treatment process and help you achieve a smile you can be proud of.

Sedation dentistry addresses some of the fears that keep people from going to the dentist regularly, ensuring patients are more likely to receive recommended routine care. As a result, they are less likely to neglect their oral health or allow oral health problems to build to the point when drastic dental treatments become necessary.

Does my insurance cover sedation dentistry?

Most dental plans do not pay for sedation services. Plans that cover sedation usually only do so when done in conjunction with specific dental procedures, such as tooth extractions. The cost of sedation services ranges from $100-$400, depending on the circumstances.